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Spicing Up the Americas Region, MAI Strengthens its Presence in Chile

May 14, 2013

TEL-AVIV, Israel, May 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

Enhancing MAI’s capabilities in an important and growing South American


Acquisition boosts ChileAgro’s product offering to customers

The Makhteshim Agan Group (“MAI” or the “Company”), a global leader in crop protection
solutions, and ChileAgro Solutions (ChileAgro), a Chilean plant nutrition and abiotic
stress relief solutions company, today announced that MAI has entered into a definitive
agreement for the acquisition of a majority stake in ChileAgro. This acquisition will
provide MAI with a marketing and distribution platform in the Chilean agrochemicals
market, and a broader, more diverse product offering to serve farmers in this market.

Chile represents one of the most advanced and competitive economies of South America,
with a high value placed on agricultural technology. Established in 1998, ChileAgro is a
privately held company focusing on the development, marketing and distribution of plant
nutrition products and agricultural biostimulants, both complementary to plant protection
products. ChileAgro specializes in providing innovative solutions to customers, with a
focus on fruit producers. This concentration will allow MAI to further improve and expand
its activities in Chile through emphasis on the customer and portfolio differentiation.

This transaction marks another step in MAI’s global geographical expansion strategy.

Shaul Friedland, CEO of MAI’s Americas region, said, “We welcome ChileAgro to MAI and
are excited to have their experienced and highly skilled team be a part of the Group.
Their excellent positioning within the Chilean market will add greatly to our long-term
growth in South America. ChileAgro is well known in Chile for its close relationships with
its customers and its professionalism, with a comprehensive knowledge of the domestic
market. We feel that their focus on products that provide added-value for farmers in
various crops perfectly fits into MAI’s global vision of portfolio differentiation.”

Rodrigo Saavedra, Co-Founder and CEO of ChileAgro Solutions, commented, “This
transaction gives us access to MAI’s extensive product portfolio which will in turn allow
us to provide even more comprehensive and innovative solutions to our customers. We are
excited about this new partnership and are confident that it will position ChileAgro as a
market leader in Chile, leading to significant growth in the long-term.”

About Makhteshim Agan

Makhteshim Agan Industries Ltd. is a leading manufacturer and distributor worldwide of
crop protection solutions and the largest off-patent player in the industry.

The Company supplies efficient solutions to farmers that assist them in combating
disease and increasing yields. In 2012, the Company’s revenues were over $2.83 billion,
and it is ranked seventh in the world in the overall agro-chemicals industry. The Company
is characterized by its know-how, high-level technological-chemical abilities, expertise
in product registration, and observance of strict standards of environmental protection,
stringent quality control and global marketing and distribution channels.

Makhteshim Agan Group sells its crop protection products in over 120 countries and
together with its strategically located global manufacturing and distribution facilities
delivers simplicity in agriculture around the globe.


About ChileAgro

ChileAgro is a leading company in the Chilean plant nutrition and high-tech organic
products markets. Since its founding, it has been uniquely focused on high standard
solutions, quality and efficiency. A significant portion of their products have
international organic certification.

In addition to its plant nutrition lines, the Company specializes in abiotic stress,
biostimulation, phytoregulation and elicitation of plants as helpful tools in this area,
especially in the Chilean fruit sector, which has high demand for solutions that enable
export to distant destinations.

ChileAgro is characterized by the constant search for new tools that meet the
requirements of their customers and staying ahead of the constant changes and challenges
experienced by the global agricultural industry.

Since 2006, the Company has developed a highly efficient line of organic fungicides
which have enjoyed strong market acceptance, opening a range of possibilities to the plant
protection market.


        Anna Wood
        Communication Specialist
        Email: IR@ma-industries.com

SOURCE Makhteshim Agan Group

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